Mozilla’s Webian Shell To Challenge Chrome OS?

By | June 13, 2011 | 7 Comments


With Chrome OS notebooks already shipping, Firefox has also decided to join the party with the web browser based interface called Webian Shell, which is based on Mozilla Chromeless project.

However, unlike Chrome OS, Webian Shell is not actually an “operating system”. Instead, it was written in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and runs on top of Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.

As this is just an early and experimental release, the upcoming versions are set to incorporate more advanced features, such as: multiple home screens, split screen view, onscreen keyboard for touch based devices and more.

If you would like to try it out, here is a download link.

[Thanks, Blake]


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  • Dorian Patterson

    Where did you get the information on Mozilla’s involvement? This interface is powered by the Chromeless project, but other than that, no where on the site is there any indication that Mozilla is involved.

    • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

      You are correct. Fixed.

  • http://twitter.com/TiagoMorbusSa Tiago Sá

    My suggestion? Don’t bother developing this if you’re looking to pay your bills with it.

  • Anonymous

    Didnt you already cover this?

  • Heath

    I’d be interested in such a thing made by Opera. :-)

  • Armin

    Since it runs on top of Windows, Mac OS X or Linux, I assume I can’t boot into it, hm?

  • Sirnh1

    As it runs on top of an OS, what’s the point in this? If I understand it correctly, you’re OS (for example windows) starts, then this shell starts as soon as windows is done. So how is this better then just starting your OS and manually starting the browser (or making your browser auto start with your OS by placing it in the startup list)?